On Thursday (August 5), Indian men’s team defeated Germany 5-4 in the bronze medal match at Tokyo Olympics 2020 and ended their 41-year-long wait for an Olympic medal in hockey.
The last time India had won a medal in hockey was during the 1980 Olympics Games in Moscow where they clinched the gold.
India may add another medal in hockey with the women’s team playing a bronze medal match on Friday against Great Britain.
The former and current cricketers were overjoyed by India men’s record win at the Olympics. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina and many more praised the team.
Here’s how the Indian cricket fraternity reacted:
Chak De Fattey ! Burraaah
A landmark day for @TheHockeyIndia
After being down 3-1, INDIA fights back to win the bronze medal match 5-3, a first Olympic medal in #Hockey after 40 years. Mazaa aa gaya #IndvsGer pic.twitter.com/0T3ssVPnRG
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 5, 2021
Congratulations to each & every member of the hockey contingent on winning the #Bronze for India!
A fantastic hard fought win…The penalty corner save by Sreejesh in the dying moments of the game was amazing.👏🏻
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 5, 2021
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 5, 2021
The 16 who scripted history:
Manpreet, Sreejesh, Harmanpreet, Rupinder, Surender, Amit, Birendra, Hardik, Vivek, Nilakanta, Sumit, Shamsher, Dilpreet, Gurjant, Lalit, Mandeep.
Remember them, cherish them,
tell your children about them. Let them inspire a generation🇮🇳 #indvsger pic.twitter.com/7ykehC46gC
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 5, 2021
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 5, 2021
— Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) August 5, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) August 5, 2021
— Harleen Kaur Deol (@imharleenDeol) August 5, 2021
Terrific achievement and one for the history books! What a wonderful team! Congratulations boys 🇮🇳👏 pic.twitter.com/CArtZVH4LF
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) August 5, 2021
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) August 5, 2021
— Khaleel Ahmed 🇮🇳 (@imK_Ahmed13) August 5, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 5, 2021
Magnificent performance by our men's hockey team to win the bronze medal in Tokyo 🥉 You have been terrific. Congratulations 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/zibzoNSaGX
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) August 5, 2021
What a moment for Indian sport!
India's first Olympic hockey medal since 1980.
Congratulations to Indian Men's Hockey Team on winning the bronze 🥉.
Historic and a very proud moment for all of us!#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/xVahw0JcQm
— DK (@DineshKarthik) August 5, 2021
Four decades..that is the wait India has had to win a Olympic medal in #Hockey . Just makes realise the sweetness of this victory.
Our boy's have done it. Should be a Watershed moment for the next gen. @TheHockeyIndia #IndvsGer pic.twitter.com/2EbnZbbfUz
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) August 5, 2021
What a great morning!! Superb win!!
Breaking the streak after 41 years, that’s a marvellous moment!! We are proud of you, congratulations boys!!👏👏👏
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) August 5, 2021
Well done to the men's hockey team on clinching the 🥉 in Tokyo. A fantastic performance, you have made the whole nation proud. 🇮🇳🏑 pic.twitter.com/EDLDw2FPhv
— Shubman Gill (@ShubmanGill) August 5, 2021